Best Dinner Ever. Seriously.

Sometimes dinner is pretty darn good, and sometimes it’s “knocked it out of the park, hit a home run, 5-star meal good”. In other words, our dinner tonight was the best meal I’ve had in ages.
Black Bean and Yam SaladI’m not the cook in our house, but I’m usually around when the cooking is happening, so I can comment about meals and say if it was quick and easy, or, not-so-quick but definitely worth it. You know, I creatively interpret the chef’s grumbles into workable explanations.

Tonight however, Dave made dinner while I napped on the couch. Yes, I admit to it. Frodo curled up with me and I fell asleep, and napped while Dave slaved away in the kitchen. I do know this recipe took quite awhile to make, but oh. My. It. Was. Amazing.

Pictured above is a Black Bean & Yam Salad That is to Die For. Only you won’t die, because it’s very good for you. Dave followed the recipe from this site and only made minor adjustments to our taste. For example, he substituted the cilantro and used parsley instead. Also, he used half quinoa and half wild rice instead of all quinoa. Really pretty minor adjustments.

For the “taco-style seasoning” he used:

  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chile Powder
  • 1/8th tsp Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

The magical forces worked in my favor, and while I slept… Dave not only made dinner, he noted the adjustments he made to the recipe so we have them for the future (thank you Dave!). A miracle occurred here tonight!

And, we have tons and tons and tons of left overs. Tons. We are going to eat well this week!

What Do We Say to Death?

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones (the books or the show), you know the answer to this.

That’s right. Not today.

A few days ago I was in the mood to watch a documentary… so we ended up watching Fed Up via Netflix. It was quite the eye opener. Due to a lot of dietary restrictions, we already avoid processed foods so this didn’t turn into an immediate call-to-action in our home, but it was still quite enlightening and I recommend the video to anyone who is interested in making healthy food choices.

Last night I was in the mood for another documentary, and this time, we went with Forks Over Knives. Oh. My. Oh. No. What did I just unleash on my family? Knowledge is power, and the knowledge about healthy eating has been out (and heavily studied) for more than thirty years. The documentary is excellent, and was earth-shattering for us. Earth. Shattering.

If you have Netflix, definitely give these two documentaries a go… they are very well worth watching. And if you do not have Netflix, here is a related video freely available to watch on YouTube: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death – presented by Michael Greger, MD. This presentation is an hour long, but it is a must-watch. If nothing else, give it a chance for the first ten minutes and see what you think.

In relation to these documentaries, I am now reading The China Study which is referenced often during Forks Over Knives. If you’d like to check this out, it’s available to read via Scribd (click here for a free 2 month trial).

Have you seen Forks Over Knives or read The China StudyWhat do you think about the information you learned?

Goodnight Moon

Frodo loves his bedtime routine. Last night I was taking too long so he grabbed his bedtime toy and began to nudge me along. He made it clear, it was time for bed! He was okay with a few photos first though, he never minds the camera.

Before Dave and I can get ready for bed though, Frodo goes first!

Brush Your Teeth

When Frodo hears, “Time to brush your teeth!” – he jumps off the bed, runs into the bathroom, and sits in front of the drawers to wait for us.

Toothpaste Yum

Of course, he gets to lick the toothbrush as a reward, and probably doesn’t understand why the yummy toothpaste is applied to his teeth first instead of directly to his tongue. But he goes along with the strange ritual every night and really enjoys it. We enjoy his minty fresh breath afterward (who knew doggie toothpaste comes in vanilla mint?!) and hopefully his teeth will stay healthy for a long time to come.

Wipe Your Face

Frodo’s beard always ends up with quite a bit of toothpaste on it so he appreciates the “Wipe your face!” step in the routine.

Time for Bed

Before long it’s really time for bed so he waits happily for story time.

On a Mission to Civilize

Dave on a Mission

Today began innocently enough…

…until I looked outside our front door and saw something white and fuzzy. I went outside to take a closer look, and on my way back in noticed a lovely Daddy Longlegs right over the front door! So of course I ran inside. Once inside, I didn’t want to go back out, so I let Google find the answer for me. As it turns out, this innocent white fuzzy thing, is a spider egg sac. I took a photo from inside the house (you can see it here).

A bit more research made me realize this was a Level One Alert, because of course there are hundreds of baby spiders that will hatch from an egg, but also – where there is one egg, there are more.

Dave made an emergency trip to Home Depot to get something… appropriate… for the spider(s). Of course, we see spiders outside our home all the time, but an egg sac is not welcome!

Before he headed out to spray, he had to take appropriate precautions. For the Pollen. Without a mask, he can only handle about two to three minutes outside before a sneezing fit overtakes him. So the mask was a necessity.

Preparation for Pollen Invasion

Frodo helped by watching from inside.

View from Inside

Tomorrow we will continue the Spider Eradication Mission, as we plan to destroy the egg sacs found all around the base and eves of the house. Yes, sadly, there are MANY.


A Moment of Solitude

Sharon in Solitude

In an attempt (yet again) at the 365 Project, I decided to try my hand at a selfie for today’s photo. Does it still count if you use a mini tripod and the self-timer feature? I think it does.

I’m not really sure if I’ll be able to keep up with a photo every day, I get a wee bit obsessive about my photos and the quality of my composition. When I first tried the 365 Project I took daily photos for quite a while and really noticed an improvement in my photography, so it’s worth it, I’m just not sure I have the time. But… oh hell, I’m going to try!

Counting My Blessings…

Sharon and Pam

I know… it’s rare for a photo of ME to be on this site, but that’s because I’m usually the one behind the camera! I love this photo of me with my Mom-in-Law. And of course, I love her – she’s awesome beyond words – and she gave me Dave!

Sharon, Dave and Pam

It was wonderful to have her stay with us and get a chance to just sit, have some coffee, and talk. Some things in life simply can’t be quantified. I’m very blessed, and I know it.